To truly understand a Chinese person, you must first explore the culture and society that shaped him or her.
A generic disclaimer: It’s always a risky business when you’re making generalizations about any group…let alone, a population of over a billion.
The politically-correct are always ready to jump on people for “stereotyping” and making blanket generalizations.
But that’s what Sociology is—understanding human behavior at the aggregate level, not trying to predict individual behavior (incidentally, in my wildest dreams I never thought that I would get any practical use out of my major!).
But my goal isn’t to give you an academically researched sociological study.
Instead, these are mostly observations and ramblings from a guy who has spent considerable time trying to reconcile the differences between Western and Chinese culture.
Decoding Chinese Society
- China’s One Child Policy: A brief history of China’s controversial one-child policy, which includes facts, figures and how things have changed now.
- China’s Looming Demographic Time Bomb: China’s population has been growing at a crazy fast rate. Here’s what that means.
Understanding the Chinese Mind
The Chinese culture is more complicated than it seems on the surface. Here are a few key concepts that you’ll want to understand if you want to unravel the complexities of the Chinese mind.
- China’s Love of Confucius: By understanding Confucius and his importance in Chinese history, you’ll better understand the average Chinese person’s philosophy of life.
- The Cult of “Face”: If you’ve ever heard of the concept of “face” in China, you’ll know how important it is, whether in personal relationships or business.
- “Guanxi” in Chinese Relationships: The concept of “guanxi” is considered the oil that keeps China running. Here’s what you need to know to build your own guanxi in China.
- In & Out Groups: There’s a reason that Chinese people don’t tend to smile at strangers. When you fully grasp the concept of “in” and “out” groups, it will make much more sense to you.